Discover the most beautiful routes in the Chamonix valley with a guided snowshoe trek through snowy forests and along mountain trails, an ideal winter activity in all weather conditions and for all ages.

Chamonix’s Secret Spots
Get away from the crowds and explore the lesser known trails
Flexible Options
Routes can be tailored from short easy strolls to challenging mountain hikes
Suitable for Everyone
Excellent activity for all ages & fitness levels

SNOWSHOE HIKING IN CHAMONIX

Hike through snowy forests and frosty white trails on a guided snowshoe hike in Chamonix

À partir de 350,00€
   

Niveau technique Beginner

 

No experience required

 

Great for non-skiers

 

Available December - April

 

Maximum 6 hikers per guide

Snowshoeing is the perfect way to explore the beautiful forests, rivers and mountains of the Chamonix valley. Together with a qualified guide you will hike some of the most beautiful trails, either high up amongst the peaks or lower down across the valley floor.

You don’t have to travel far to escape into the wilderness, where you will be surrounded by nature and have a good chance of seeing some local wildlife such as chamois or bouquetin. No matter where you go, you will be treated to the incredible views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges for which Chamonix is famous.

There is so much to discover in the valley, not least the wonderful mountain refuges where you can enjoy a delicious lunch in a traditional hut and treat yourself to a local dish such as tartiflette or cheese fondue – don’t worry, you can hike off the calories on the way back!

Your guide will show you the correct technique to move comfortably and efficiently using snowshoes and hiking poles, taking you on safe enjoyable routes that are suited to your level of fitness.

Snowshoe hikes can be booked as a day activity with a break for lunch, as an evening activity with dinner in a mountain restaurant, or as a multi-day excursion with an overnight stay in a mountain refuge. All itineraries are planned on an individual basis to give you the best possible experience.

Itinéraire

The Chamonix valley offers a wealth of options and we can offer many different itineraries to explore, here are a few of our favourite examples...

Vallon de Berard

Starting off from the little village of Le Buet, this hike takes you through the forest and past some old stone huts before entering the Berard valley. Hiking alongside the river to begin with, you’ll find yourself in a magical environment where icicles hang from rocks and snow-crusted branches arch over the path. Wherever the forest opens out you’ll be able to look over your shoulder to the magnificent view of Les Grands Montets, the snowy peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif and the glaciers that fill the gullies surrounding the Mer de Glace on the opposite side of the valley. Hiking upwards through the forest until we come to a small clearing looking over the Swiss border, this is a great place to stop for a picnic lunch and a flask of hot tea. From here it’s all downhill, back through another pretty little hamlet of wooden chalets, looping back through snowy meadows to the bottom of the Poya ski slope.

Loriaz

High above the village of Vallorcine is a little collection of stone huts that look remarkably like a bar of Toblerone – a perfect row of triangular roofs overlooking the valley. This is an excellent snowshoe hike for those who enjoy a fair bit of ascent, rewarded by stunning views. Starting off in the village of Le Buet, the trail climbs up through the forest, twisting and turning through snowy boughs where you might spot chamois or ptarmigan darting amongst the trees. The trail comes out into high alpine meadows surrounded by breathtaking views, dominated by the peak of Mont Buet looming nearby. The Loriaz huts are nestled on a plateau at 2020m, looking across to a panoramic view of the Aiguille Verte and the Massif du Mont Blanc – the perfect place to stop and enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch! The huts are closed during the winter, so you’ll need to bring your own food and a flask of hot tea or coffee.

Grand Saint Bernard Monastery

Combine nature with history on this longer hike to visit an ancient monastery on the Swiss/Italian border. The monastery was founded back in 1050 by Saint Bernard of Menthon as a safe haven for mountain travellers. It because famous for the iconic rescue dogs of the same name, who were bred here for generations. The hike itself is a long but gradual climb up towards a high mountain pass, traversing deep valleys and overlooked by steep snowy slopes until you reach the monastery just a few hundred metres from the Italian border. The scenery is magnificent and the building is very atmospheric. Take some time to explore the chapel and the museum, and enjoy a meal in the auberge. You can also stay overnight at the auberge, a memorable and unique experience that makes longer snowshoe hikes possible.

Objectifs d'apprentissage

Snowshoeing is an ideal winter activity for everyone, from outdoor novices to keen mountain hikers. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the alpine environment and its flora and fauna.

Prérequis techniques

Experience

Snowshoeing requires no previous experience and can be done by almost everybody.

Fitness

Whilst a reasonable level of fitness and an experience of hiking are beneficial, your guide will tailor the route to suit you and can be done at any pace. The aim is to relax and enjoy yourself, not to break any records!

Équipement

Vêtements

Bonnet

Bonnet

sous - vetements thermiques

sous - vetements thermiques

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

Doudoune legere

Doudoune legere

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Gants chauds

Gants chauds

Gants techniques (fins)

Gants techniques (fins)

Casquette

Casquette

Chaussures de randonnee

Chaussures de randonnee

Equipement technique

Raquettes a neige

Raquettes a neige

Other essentials

Lunettes de soleil

Lunettes de soleil

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Inclus / Non Inclus

Inclus

IML Mountain Leader fees

Guidance by a fully qualified IML Mountain Leader

Equipement collectif

Cordes, mousquetons, pharmacie et matériel collectif seront pris en charge par les guides de haute montagne

Transport

Transport local fourni en fonction de la capacité de la voiture de l'instructeur/guide

Support logistique et assistance

Notre société est idéalement basée au pied du téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi à Chamonix. Notre équipe est à votre disposition pour tout renseignement et pour vous assister à tout moment durant votre réservation avec nous.

Non Inclus

Équipement

Veuillez consulter l'onglet "Matériel" pour savoir ce dont vous aurez besoin. Tout ce que vous n'avez pas encore peut être loué ici à Chamonix. Si vous avez besoin de quoi que ce soit, veuillez nous contacter et nous serons heureux de l'organiser pour vous.

Pour un séjour privé sur mesure, veuillez nous contacter directement.

Repas, snacks et boissons

Le tarif ne comprend pas le repas du midi, les boissons ou les snacks. Merci de prévoir un pique nique avec boisson et des snacks pour passer une journée entière en montagne.

Laissez-passer pour les remontées mécaniques

Nous vous conseillerons sur les forfaits de remontées mécaniques dont vous aurez besoin avant votre voyage. Si des forfaits sont nécessaires, nous pouvons les commander à l'avance pour vous sur demande.

Assurance Secours et rapatriement

Nous vous incitons fortement à souscrire une assurance Secours & Rapatriement pour votre stage. Nous pouvons souscrire une assurance pour vous via notre partenaire assistance. Merci de le demander lors de votre inscrition sur le stage.

Hébergement à Chamonix

L'hébergement à Chamonix n'est pas inclus dans le tarif, mais nous serions ravis de vous assister pour réaliser votre réservation.

Se rendre à Chamonix

Le tarif ne comprend pas les transferts jusqu'à et depuis Chamonix mais nous pouvons vous assister selon que vous arriviez par train, avion ou bus. N'hésitez pas à nous demander notre asssistance.

Les services extras

Equipment Hire

Please see the list of recommended equipment on this page. Most technical equipment can be rented here in Chamonix and we are happy to help you organise this, please contact us if you would like prices and advice on whatever you need. Chamonix has dozens of outdoor shops, so whatever you don't already have you can find it here.

Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out specific insurance for mountain activities. We can organise this at a cost of 8€ per day for EU citizens and 12€ per day for non-EU citizens. This will cover you for search and rescue services, evacuation by helicopter and emergency medical treatment. You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for the usual things such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, hospital treatment, etc. Please contact us to organise mountain rescue insurance for your trip.

Airport Transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies that we trust will provide our clients with a great service. Please contact us for further information regarding either shared or private airport transfers.

Accommodation in Chamonix

If you wish to book accommodation in Chamonix we would be happy to recommend some local hotels, gites, self-catered apartments, or chalets and advise on the best locations. Please contact us if you would like help finding accommodation in Chamonix.